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Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address - 1961


Published January 17, 1961


On January 17, 1961, in a nationally televised address, Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke to the American people for the last time as president.


1 - Dwight D. Eisenhower farewell address
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source Public Internet
Run time 9:52

Reviews

Reviewer: Jon57 - - May 27, 2013
Subject: One side of Ike
This speech is often used by some to argue against defense spending, by claiming falsely that Eisenhower was against a large military.

I find it curious that those who do use that argument totally ignore another speech, given a few month earlier, where Eisenhower spoke in favor of a large military, and defense spending, and only cautioned against having a case where industry was solely existing to support the military, and military existing primarily to keep business in business.

Eisenhower was not anti military, in fact he was quite the opposite, but he believed in balance, not disarmament.
Reviewer: Ahqeter - - March 11, 2006
Subject: Ike also warns about the rule of experts....
NB: This speech is only in part about a military-industrial complex. It also warns with about equal time and space against the idea of technocracy and rule by expertise of scientists and academics.
Reviewer: glenn - - February 14, 2006
Subject: Video available
There is video of this speech, it was used in the movie "Why We Fight" out now in theaters. Very forward-thinking speech by Ike on the Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. A warning we should have heeded 40 years ago. I believe the term "Military-Industrial Complex" first was introduced to the American public with this speech, very important historical moment. (The original speech as written used the term "Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex" but it was edited out of the speech as Eisenhower gave it.

Would be very nice to view a _video_ of the _complete_ speech if it could be obtained.
Reviewer: bfly - - February 14, 2006
Subject: Incomplete, abridged version
Unfortunately, the audio files offered here of this important Farewell speech by Eisenhower has been edited from its original. Call me a completist, but just fyi, the original was 15:38, this file is 9:55. For that reason I am giving it a 4 star rating. I found the speech in its entirety at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.html albeit at a lower resolution.
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